JCRC Horrified by Terrorist Attacks at Sri Lanka Churches and Hotels on Easter Sunday

April 21, 2019 — 11:10 AM

Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC), issued the following statement:

“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) condemns the terrorist attacks against several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killing at least 207 people and wounding at least 450 more. We are devastated by these unthinkable acts of violence on Easter Sunday, and we send our condolences to the families of the victims as well as to our local Christian community. On this day of the convergence of Passover and Easter, we reaffirm the profound importance of Jewish-Christian community relationships.

“Attacking people at prayer is a particularly heinous act and it is our most fervent belief that all worshipers be safe in their most sacred spaces.

“In October 2018, the JCRC hired its first full-time Director of Community Security, Dan Plekkenpol. For thirty years, Dan served with the Plymouth Police Department and for the past decade as their Deputy Chief. Dan is not only a resource for the Jewish community, but for our other local faith partners as well. We offer Dan’s security guidance and expertise to our local churches during these troubling times.”

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